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Ven minor characters Blacklands is set in Exmoor England a small rural village surrounded by wild moors and the small town isolated feel really pervades the story Bauer s descriptions are fantastic and you can really see smell and feel the landscape of the moor the spicy scents the prickly vegetation the thick brambles and the cool sea mist Bauer also incorporates images into the novel which is fairly niue to the genre Rather than just presenting the typed text of Steven s letters to Avery we are given an image Simple Notebook Paper With notebook paper with that could either be taken as the carefully crafted print of a child or an adult in a rush In seeing Steven s actual writing we get of a feel for his character The Praiseworthy Bauer s scenes are very well thought out and plotted Each of them pulls its weight often accomplishing several different objectives at once For example towards the beginning of the novel we are told about Steven repairing his Nan s shopping trolley substituting all terrain wheels from a buggy for the rickety metal wheels This scene leads into a reflection which ends Dams, Dynamos, and Development upnderscoring the whole novel Decide what you want and then work out how to get it as well as setting Good Friends, Good Guns, Good Whiskey up subtle indicators of his Nan s love for him despite her coldness she proudly shows off the heavy duty wheels to friends and walks with it even when not shopping Another great example of a scene that accomplishes several things at once is midway through the novel when the guards at Avery s prison are opening the inmates correspondence and vetting the photographs This scene depicts the photo of Exmoor sent by Steven slipping through despite Avery s therapist snderstanding that the sight of Avery s old burial ground would be nhealthily exciting to him At the same time the scene shows the reader that the guards have been confiscating nude photos of another prisoner s attractive wife which view spoilersets p a physical confrontation between this prisoner and a guard facilitating Avery s escape view spoilersets Language up a physical confrontation between this prisoner and a guard facilitating Avery s escape spoiler This book shows the damage to a family through generations that a single evil person can do It also shows the innocence of a child growingp with this damage and how that child believes he can correct and repair the damage Then there s the evil and it doesn t go away can t be healed or cured must be eradicated I liked the way Bauer described the evil She kept it hidden and Misfortune Cookies (When the Fat Ladies Sing under controlntil the end when the sick slimy black evil was revealed Excellent book and I highly recommend it Posted to The Literary Lawyerca A Chilling Story of Innocence vs Evil 35 Stars This marks the third book I have read by Belinda Bauer A few things have become abundantly clear She is very skilled at writing young and innocent characters Blacklands is no exception Her novels are coming of age stories wrapped in violence and the loss of innocence Although this novel receives my lowest mark to date it is still an exceptional novel and confirms her status a new favorite author Plot summary Steven is young man with a strange and slightly disturbing pastime Eighteen years previous and before he was born his Unraveling Josh (Ellery College, uncle Billy a child himself went missing At that time many kids had gone missing and Arnold Avery a notorious serial killer admitted to many of their disappearances Billy s disappearance was never solved As it was always believed that Avery had taken Billy young Stephen spends his free time digging holes in the area where Avery had buried the bodies Stephen believes that if he can find the remains of his long missingncle that the scars his family carries around will begin to heal The story takes and A Consortium of Worlds unexpected turn when Stephen begi. F her home waiting for her son to return while her remaining family fragments around her But her twelve year old grandson Steven is determined to heal the cracks that gape between his nan his mother his brother and himself Steven desperately wants to bring his family closure and if that means personally finding hisncle’s corpse he’ll do it Spending his spare time digging holes all over the moor in the hope of turning p a body is a long shot but at least it gives his life purpose Then at school when the lesson turns to letter.

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This book was just okay I wasn t invested in the story so much as I thought the writing style was a little bit basic and at times I thought some scenes were a bit nrealistic On a positive note the ideas were good lots of interesting things were going on with the young boy Stephen writing to a serial killer in prison and what leads on from it it just wasn t for me I d give 25 star rating I was actually ite disappointed with Blacklands I thought that it was a good story but was very short and this could have been the reason that it didn t involve me as much as I felt that it should have there was just way too much missingIn the blurb Belinda Bauer says that she wrote the book as she was moved by the story of a mother whose child had been murdered many years before and she was curious about how that kind of event would affect a family long termhowever that is exactly what I believe was missing I felt that the mother and grandmother were really weak characters that I had no empathy for at all even though I felt some amount of guilt as I knew that I SHOULD feel it They just didn t seem real to me at all they were very one dimensional The only reason they even seemed to have one dimension was because of their relationship with StevenSteven felt like a real 12 year old boy and I did care about him Uncle Jude s character was also appealing but that was probably just because of the change in Steven when he was aroundStrangely I also didn t feel much hatred towards Avery he felt a bit of a cartoon villain to me rather than a paedophile serial child killerAlso although the story is set in recent years the idea of the family being oh so very poor makes it feel like it s been set in the 70s and for some reason just doesn t ring trueHowever It Was An Entertaining was an entertaining easy to read filler book I can actually see it as making a fantastic film In the UK we can make brilliant gritty dramas making characters very very real with a host of fantastic actors that can make bleak tales SO amazing anything with Paddy Considine for example and we re great for gritty film noir child actors I d certainly watch it and I think an adaptation would really bring the story to life and make it believable no matter how ncomfortable the subject matter may be The One Sentence Summary A young boy writes to an imprisoned serial killer asking for help to find the body of his Hell Phone uncle whose disappearance at age eleven sent the whole family awryThe Meat and Potatoes Twelve year old Steven Lamb has a troubled home life His father left when he was young his Nan stands at the window all day waiting for her son Billy who disappeared in childhood and Steven s motherpset over being ignored after the disappearance of her brother takes out her frustrations on her children with the same coldness and bitterness that her mother showed her Steven thinks that if he can just find the bones of his Uncle Billy his whole family would be fixed After years of aimlessly digging holes where Arnold Avery Billy s suspected killer had buried his other victims he writes to the killer in prison I am looking for WP Can you help me This simple reuest opens the door and Steven soon finds out that much worse than obsessing over a serial killer is the serial killer obsessing over you Blacklands is both a crime novel and an exploration into the after effects of a violent crime on the family left behind Bauer spends as much time delving into the psychological state of the family as she does setting Unforeseen (Kingdom Keepers, up theltimate showdown between Steven and the killer Even though it is written in the third person omniscient POV Bauer does a fantastic job of putting s in the heads of A taut and chillingly atmospheric debut that signals the arrival of a bright new voice in psychological suspense and a brilliant analysis of an exceedingly twisted mind Chicago Tribune Eighteen years ago Billy Peters disappeared Everyone in town believes Billy was murdered after all serial killer Arnold Avery later admitted killing six other children and burying them on the same desolate moor that surrounds their small English village Only Billy’s mother is convinced he is alive She still stands lonely guard at the front window BlacklandsNs a series of correspondence with the jailed killer In his est to solve the mystery Stephen learns lessons about family love friendship and fear The Good I really do enjoy the young characters that Belinda Bauer creates She has a keen sense of the mind of the young and it is intriguing to see how she A Land More Kind Than Home uses the innocent and often flawed thought processes of her characters Her stories would not work with adult characters at the centre No one would believe a grown man without mental illness would spend his days digging for a dead body yet it istterly believable when it is a childThe reader must know in advance that a child protagonist does not mean the story is childish This is most definitely not for children The antagonist is a dark and disturbing character He is a paedophile who has murdered a significant number of young boys Unlike her later novels Bauer also delves into the mind of the killer and let me tell you the thought process of a person like Avery is not at all pleasing The Bad Having read Rubbernecker and The Facts of Life and Death I found myself comparing this to her recent works It is likely that had I read this one before the other two mentioned I would have given Blacklands a higher rating As a first novel this is an exceptional effortAs with the other two book of hers which I have read this is a character novel It is the characters of Avery and Stephen that are the focus of the story and their thought processes their actions and the reasoning behind their decisions that make the story My major complaint is that the characters were less developed than her later novels It may be that the focus on two points of view in this novel detracted from the overall developmentStephen often came across as rather flat While I think I nderstood his motivation for wandering the land and digging holes I did not feel that understood his motivation for wandering the land and digging holes I did not feel that While I think I nderstood his motivation for wandering the land and digging holes I did not feel that was fully developed It seems that all of my recent reads have been character novels and I fell this is a bit lacking overall Final Thoughts It may be that I am being a bit hard on the author given my enjoyment of her most recent work In fairness I would expect to see improvement in later novels Overall I did enjoy this story It was eual parts disturbing and intriguing While at times Stephen was flat Avery was always creepy and disturbing I think that Blacklands is best enjoyed before Bauer s later offerings This novel displays enough of her skill for the reader to enjoy the story and her later novels will allow you to enjoy her maturity as a writer Content Advisories It is difficult to find commentary on the sexviolencelanguage content of book if you are interested I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading Disclaimer I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read I am simply giving approximationsScale 1 Lowest 5 Highest Sex 2 There is a flashback in which Avery exposes himself to a child The subtext to the story is that Avery sexually assaulted young boys That said it is only inferred from the story and there is nothing explicit Some readers will the story and there is nothing explicit Some readers will the inference to be disturbing but there is no graphic content Language 3 As in most of Bauer s novels the young characters James Still use age appropriate language On a few occasions the charactersse the f word and there is some low sage of mild obscenities Violence 25 Violence is a backdrop for the story There is a series of child murders but they are not discussed in any detail The disturbing part is the fact that Avery continues to think back on the events as it bring him pleasure There is one scene of violence that is mildly graphic but moderately disturbin. Writing Steven has a flash of inspiration Careful to hide his identity he secretly pens a letter to Avery in jail asking for help in finding the body of WP William Billy Peters So begins a dangerous cat and mouse game Just as Steven tries to se Avery to pinpoint the gravesite so Avery misdirects and teases his mysterious correspondent in order to relive his heinous crimes And when Avery finally realizes that the letters he’s receiving are from a twelve year old boy suddenly his life has purpose too Although his is far dangerous. ,